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An Engaging Read

Sarah Bourne is a lady who I had the pleasure of speaking with via social media. I asked her to be a guest on my blog and she was concerned, because her genre was not Western she thought it wasn’t suitable. I explained that I like to give my blog followers a variety and although I pen Western myself, my blog is definitely not restricted to the one genre. Thank goodness she agreed to a post. She is one fabulous author and I am thrilled to introduce you to both the lady herself and her book.


I was born and brought up in London, studied in Oxford, and went to work in the US straight after. On my return to the UK, I worked in Mental Health to fund my next trip which was cycling round India, Nepal and Tibet. Another stint in Mental health after that, during which I met my husband, and then we started our world tour, finally landing in Australia. We settled in Sydney, and now call the Inner West our home.

Three children, a Masters in Counselling and a Yoga teaching qualification later, I run my own Counselling practice, teach Yoga, and write. I think I have a wonderful life!

My first novel, Never Laugh at Shadows, was published as the result of a competition through Custom Book Publications. It is currently available online, but is due to be in bookshops in the US and the UK soon. It was well received at the London Book Fair this year and has been chosen by the publisher as one of a small number of their titles to be presented at the US Book Expo (Also known as the New York Book Fair) later this month.

For now, go to,, or, where the book is available in either digital or print formats.


SarahWinsome Natakunda was brought up in a family on the wrong side of politics in the Amin and Obote dicatorships in Uganda. Her father, a Democrat, was regularly taken away and tortured for his beliefs, the family were in constant danger.

As an adult, Winsome goes to London to study, but with no news form home, and few friends in England, she becomes more and more anxious and depressed, and finally tries to take her own life. In hospital, she meets Angela, a fellow patient, who helps her piece her life back together again. Winsome falls in love with Dominic, Angela’s son. She realises, however, that she can’t hide in England forever, and so she returns to Uganda to discover that her father has been tortured again, her mother spends her nights talking to spirits in the graveyard, and the AIDS epidemic has started, leaving hundreds of children orphaned. While caring for her parents, she opens their family home to several AIDS orphans.

When she discovers that she is pregnant with Dominic’s child, she is torn between her love for him and that for her family.

Never Laugh at Shadows is a story of love, loss and resilience.

Customer reviews on Amazon have been very positive:

“The writer’s style is smooth, engaging and compelling. Heartrending accounts of war in Uganda are realistically wrought in this moving and fast-paced novel and contrasted with England during the same period. I cared about the characters and was drawn into their world, their trials, their pain and their joy. An excellent read and am looking forward to more from this author”

Helena Ameisen, Sydney.

Find Sarah at:

@sarahbourne007 on twitter








Western Romance has always been my first love but I also write hot contemporary romance under my pen name A.L. Simpson. In my Westerns I love to write about knock ‘em down - drag ‘em out fights, outlaws, bank robbery, stage hold-ups and romance. In my Contemporary’s I write f/m, m/m and m/m/f. I usually draw on experiences for these and they usually cause more than a few tears for the readers. When I am not writing I enjoy walking our dogs – 2 elderly Jack Russell Terriers - with my husband and travelling both overseas and in Australia. Susan Horsnell Links: Blog: Web: FB: A.L. Simpson Links: Website: Blog: FB:

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